General Lee Motor Court

I drive just a few miles to work with my whole commute taking about 12-15 minutes. I enjoy how pretty my drive is. We live in a rural area and the industrial park where my office is on the outer limits of town and right along the Shenandoah River. I have views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the East and the Alleghenies to the West.

Recently, on a trip home and caught behind some large trucks laboring up a hill, I noticed a driveway I hadn’t noticed before and a barricade with a For Sale sign on it. I caught a glimpse of a building at the end of the long drive but it looked like it had been a long time since it had been in use. I wondered about the building.

Later that night I checked the Internet and couldn’t find a property listed for sale there. I checked Google Maps and found the approximate address and an aerial view of the property which only made me more curious.

One day on the way home, I drove down the public side road to see if there was a view of the property that I could see what the heck was back there…and if there was a way to access. Rather Nancy Drew of me isn’t it? I’m not saying I would trespass, but the sign did say For Sale. I could be a potential buyer, yes? But no, the only thing I could see was an even bigger building that appeared to be on the property.

Back at home I checked the aerial again. Sure enough the bigger building was there, hidden in the trees. I hadn’t noticed it before. I wondered if they all went together as one property? I realized I was obsessed with finding out.

This week some tree trimmers went down the highway and trimmed back trees around the telephone and electrical poles. I was surprised to see a sign out in front of the property. Rusted, pitted, letters missing, it didn’t really say much….on the way home. The next day on the way to work, I could clearly read, General Lee Motor Court. Ah-hah! That’s something to Google.

And this is what I found.

But that’s all.

The area is peppered with lots of small motels and hotels and this is a very tourist rich area. It’s scenic, historic, and folkloric. And it’s driving me crazy to find out more!

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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